Relevance, timeliness and responsiveness in entrepreneurship research, 18th February 2021


Journal of Business Venturing Insights

Impact Scholar Community

Thursday 18th of February 2021, 09.00-11.00 EST / 13.00-15.00 GMT / 14.00-16.00 CET

The world of entrepreneurship is full of issues requiring urgent attention and action, spreading across contexts, levels and phenomena. The COVID-19 crisis has taken centre stage, but there are many other challenges unfolding: over-crowded crowdfunding platforms; universities providing entrepreneurship training for asylum seekers; incubators worrying about the mental health of their entrepreneurs; impact investors struggling to understand social entrepreneurs’ promises, just to name a few.

Entrepreneurship research has certainly grown in recognition and prominence, but how can we ensure that our research conversations remain relevant, timely and responsive to current challenges? There needs to be thematic convergence between scholars and practitioners in terms of what they consider interesting, important, and urgent. In January 2020 (before the COVID-19 pandemic), the Journal of Business Venturing Insights launched the Entrepreneurship Research Rapid Response Initiative (ER3), and invited authors to engage with issues and problem owners from practice. The outcome of this effort is in translation of extant knowledge to inform those facing pressing issues that affect, can be affected by or otherwise relate to entrepreneurial phenomena.

In this workshop, we want to take stock and collectively figure out where we go next. The authors of the five rapid responses and editors will reflect on their journeys and learning, and open the floor to discuss the why and the how of translational and rapid response research in entrepreneurship. This is a unique opportunity for authors curious about or interested in producing and publishing translational and rapid response research. In particular, we will address the following questions.

  • How can we organize the research process in such a way that we achieve rapidness without compromising rigour?
  • What are the specifics of translational research and how does it deviate from informed opinion?
  • How can we identify relevant problems and secure the buy-in of problem owners from entrepreneurial practice and policy to partner in the research process?


Edgard Barki, FGV EAESP, Brazil

Ferran Giones, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Andreas Kuckertz, University of Hohenheim, Germany (Associate Editor JBVI)

Pablo Muñoz, University of Liverpool, UK (Associate Editor JBVI)

Garima Sharma, Georgia State University, USA

Pekka Stenholm, University of Turku, Finland

For further information and to register please click here.


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